Bose promises to revolutionise mobile audio with SoundLink Mini and QC20
Bose has unveiled its SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker and QuietComfort 20 headphones.
Both designed for use with smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, Bose believes it has created 'mobile audio like never before'. The firm said it offers an entirely new experience 'delivering performance that redefines what’s possible from mobile audio'.
Bose SoundLink Mini
Firstly, the SoundLink Mini is a new Bluetooth (A2DP) speaker following on from the SoundLink II. It's small enough hold in your hand on put into a pocket but promises to retain sound quality and performance.
Bose has patented new passive radiators, of which there are two inside the speaker and customised compact transducers to make sure the speaker sounds good despite its compact form factor. Housed in aluminium, the SoundLink Mini can run for 12 hours and comes with a charging cradle. You can pair up to six different devices to it.
Phil Hess, vice president of the Bose Home Entertainment Division, said: "Developing a smaller speaker wasn’t the goal and it wasn't enough. The SoundLink Mini had to be small, and it had to offer better sound than any speaker of its size. And we believe it does."
The SoundLink Mini will be released on 11 July priced at £169 and can be pre-ordered from today.
Bose QuietComfort 20
Bose also announced its new QuietComfort 20, the firm's first in-ear headphones to offer noise cancelling technology. They will launch this summer priced at £259 with a separate QC20i model especially for Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod. See also: Bose QuietComfort 15 review.
The QC20 headphones use a combination of two microphones on ear earbud and an electronic chip (exclusive to Bose, and the first of its kind) located inside the in-line control module to cancel out ambient sounds around you. It's a battery powered system which will last for up to 16 hours but can be used without power also.
Furthermore, Bose has developed an 'Aware' mode which can be toggled on and off via the in-line control. When switched on it allows your surroundings, such as an important announcement, to be still heard even with the headphone in and music playing.
"Aware mode changes behavior," said Sean Garrett, vice president of the Bose Noise Reduction Technology Group. "With it, you no longer have to remove your headphones to connect with the world. It's just another reason why the QC20 headphones can be used in more places, in more ways, and more often than any other headphone available."
We've had some demonstrations of the QC20 headphones and the SoundLink Mini today in London and both are impressive. Look out for our full reviews soon.